Teppei Teranishi

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Teppei Teranishi
Teppei Teranishi.jpg
Background information
Born (1980-09-13) September 13, 1980 (age 38)
Origin Irvine, California, U.S.
  • Guitar
  • piano
  • keyboards
  • vocals
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts

Teppei Teranishi (born September 13, 1980) is the lead guitarist and keyboardist of the rock band Thrice from Orange County, California. He is of Japanese-American descent. After graduating from Irvine High School, where band member Dustin Kensrue also graduated, he briefly attended Orange Coast College then left without graduating, to be a part of Thrice full-time. In addition to guitar and keyboard duties, he also provides backing vocals for Thrice's live performances. He favors Gibson Les Paul guitars and Fender Telecasters among others. He is also in a side project called Black Unicorn with his friend Chris Jones. At a young age, he began to learn classical guitar and was influenced by heavy metal bands Pantera and Megadeth.[1] Eventually, he moved onto the punk scene. Teranishi is a Beatles fanatic, and a fan of classic '50s, '60s, and early '70s acts.[citation needed]

Teranishi has produced Thrice's The Alchemy Index and Beggars, Dustin Kensrue's Please Come Home, and Mercury Sky's The Walls That We Bring.[2] He has also mixed The Out Circuit's album Pierce The Empire With A Sound



  • Marshall JCM 800 Head
  • Homemade Supro Clone Head
  • Marshall JCM 800 Combo
  • Mesa/Boogie 2x12 cab
  • Vox AC30
  • Fender '59 Bassman Combo
  • Fender Bassman Head
  • Fender Bassman 2x12 cab

Effects and other[edit]

In order of signal chain:

  • Line 6 M13
  • Boss RV-5 Reverb
  • Line 6 DL4
  • ProCo Turbo Rat
  • Boss TU-2
  • Line 6 MM4
  • Digitech Whammy
  • Line 6 FM4
  • Homemade Tube Screamer Clone
  • Various homemade pedals
  • Ernie Ball Volume

Craft career[edit]

Teranishi began leather crafting as an on the road hobby while touring with Thrice and later created Teranishi Studio, where he creates made-to-order leather goods such as bags and wallets.[3]


  1. ^ "10 Guitarists You've Never Heard Of - Teppei Teranishi". Ultimate Guitar. Archived from the original on 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Vegas Archive: Mercury Sky – Discography 2001-2003". Punks in Vegas. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  3. ^ http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/workplaces/teppei-teranishi/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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